The images of Stonehenge they don’t want you to see

Stonehenge, an ancient monument that attracts millions of tourists a year holds many secrets. One of the lesser known is that the standing stones we see today, in fact date back less than 50 years, as a result of numerous restorations that have taken place for over 100 years.

According to what we have known for quite some time know, the incredible stone complex in Wiltshire, England was built according to archaeologists and studies somewhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. Radiocarbon dating in 2008 suggested that the first stones were raised between 2400 and 2200 BC, whilst another theory suggests that bluestones may have been raised at the site as early as 3000 BC.

According to a new study by archaeologists and geologists from the University College London (UCL) the stones of Stonehenge originated in the Preseli Hills, Pembrokeshire, 225 kilometers from one of the most enigmatic ancient monuments on the Planet: Stonehenge.

Even though researchers believed the stones originated from the Preseli Hills since about 1920, they never knew the exact location from where the stones were quarried from. Adding to the mystery of how ancient mankind managed to transport the boulders, researchers are questioning the age of the monument. Ancient people quarried the stones sometime between 3400 BC and 3200 BC, while the monument was constructed, according to mainstream scholars around 2900 BC, this means that the ancient monument could be in fact 500 years older than previously thought.

But while these details have come to light in recent years, many people are unaware that Stonehenge as we see it today was in FACT rebuilt, several times, and dozens of images prove that the standing stones we see today, in fact dates back less than 50 years.

As noted intricately by, from 1901 to 1964, the majority of the stone circle was restored in a series of makeovers which have left it, in the words of one archaeologist, as ‘a product of the 20th-century heritage industry’.

Sadly, the truth is that the monument we see today was rebuilt as far back as 1901 when restoration process caused great outrage but was rarely referred to in official guidebooks.

William Gowland oversaw the first major restoration of the monument which involved the straightening and concrete setting of sarsen stone number 56 which was in danger of falling. In straightening the stone he moved it about half a meter from its original position.

During the 1920 restoration William Hawley, who had excavated nearby Old Sarum, excavated the base of six stones and the outer ditch. Richard Atkinson, Stuart Piggott and John F. S. Stone re-excavated much of Hawley’s work in the 1940s and 1950s and discovered the carved axes and daggers on the Sarsen Stones.

In 1958 the stones were restored again when three of the standing sarsens were re-erected and set in concrete bases. The last restoration was carried out in 1963 after stone 23 of the Sarsen Circle fell over.

Cambridge University archeological archivist and leading Stonehenge author Christopher Chippindale admitted: ‘Not much of what we see at Stonehenge hasn’t been touched in some way’. And historical research student Brian Edwards, who recently revealed that the nearby Avebury Monument had been totally rebuilt, has found rare pictures of Stonehenge being restored. He said: ‘It has been as if Stonehenge had been historically cleansed’. ‘For too long people have been kept in the dark over the Stonehenge restoration work. I am astonished by how few people know about it. It is wonderful the guide book is going to tell the full story in the future.’





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  1. That is so messed up but then I have always thought Stonehenge along with Easter Island garnered far more attention than they deserved.

  2. So basically they rebuilt it in way and form far removed from what it actually looked like. More true history being destroyed and hidden from us.

    1. Archaeologists put together dinosaur bones based on how they think the animals looked, so I don’t necessarily see this as a problem.

  3. Not surprising, seeing as ancient temples in Egypt were moved to create a dam. However this is the least of our concerns, as we can still see them, unlike the ancient wonders “ISIS” have destroyed, and the masses didn’t give a shit about.

  4. I’ve always known Stonehenge was “rebuilt”, although I’ve never seen this many pictures about it. Which begs the question if these archaeologists and scientists went to so much trouble in digging up, measuring, and cataloguing these stones, why isn’t there any definitive reason as to how and why and what for Stonehenge was erected? Seems it still has doubters and conspiracy theories floating around after such an exhaustive undertaking as they did 100 or so years ago.

  5. So . . . it appears all of the experts’ claims about how the stones align with stars are based upon pure hokum.

  6. I don’t really care if they restored it from an ancient pile of rocks to what it is today. All I care about is if they got it right and reasonably true to the original and HOW can they be sure that they did? The pictures are nice but more on that in the article would have been very nice too.

  7. I thought everyone knew they were rebuilt. Were all the stones put back where they were originally? How did they know where to put them…? Still not sure what they are doing there…

  8. I imagine that there are more exhaustive descriptions written about the work, by the archaeologists and whatever universities were involved in the rebuilding and maintenance projects over the years, if you want to put in the time, in England, to gaze at all the original documentation. This article is not meant to be some comprehensive History of Stonehenge, which I am certain would be book-length, not an Internet essay surrounded by the usual clickbait adverts. If I were doing it, I would do the best that I could with all of the resources available. I like it. That said, my wife and I lived in China for three years for work with foreign operations of a manufacturing company (& me substituting at the International School that taught in English for children from all over the world. What fun, but another story…) I doubted everything that I saw, from the Great Wall to the Xi’an Terra Cotta Warriors, because…they were just so goddamned good at making fake EVERYTHING! I love and admire the Chinese people, and I hope we never go to war with them, because the government is their father, and if he tells them to eat tree bark in order to build more steel for bullets in their backyards, then they bloody well will do, and they could survive better than we could, fight longer and harder to the death for the community over the individual. Well everyone who visited wanted to see the night market, and our “watch guy” Gavin (no one knows his real Chinese name) even had a guarantee. Doesn’t work, here I will give you a new one. Of course most of his customers were back in the States, U.K., France, Switzerland, Italy, and Mexico before their “Rolexes” broke, and some of them are still working. But I knew what I was getting for $40.00 What REALLY would have fried my balls was if I had paid $20,000 for a REAL Rolex, at the real shop, downtown in a tourist city of 6 million people that you’ve never heard of because it wasn’t that big, like Shanghai, or Beijing. (Or Chongqing were all Chinese motorcycles are made…ever heard of it? No? It has 30 million people. Many cruises on the Yangtze River begin or end there.) While I lived there, authorities arrested the owner of the Official Rolex factory accredited store with the giant sign downtown, for regularly receiving through container ships out of Hong Kong, the “real” counterfeit Rolexes that the shop sold! Oh. my. god. Can you imagine paying that kind of money, and still receiving a fake? I also walked a 10k on the Great Wall when my daughter visited. By then I was pretty good with Mandarin, and I could manage a trip where our driver dropped us at Simitai, and picked us up at another tourist area on the wall, Jinshanling (or other direction, I forget, but the names of both ends are right). The great wall was mostly rubble on all that five miles section, but it was fantastic! Just as good as the tourist Great Wall sections at Mutianyu, and the other two spots mentioned. Sure, there it is perfect, looking like it was built just yesterday, but with ancient stonemasons and materials. Because basically it WAS just built yesterday. It is perfect, so you can get good selfies on your camera and post them to FB. And they can install lifts and cable cars so old and infirm who cannot climb ten stories of stairs can still stand on top of it. It doesn’t take away from it, for me, but I liked seeing the really ancient crumbling bits, as well. As far as the eye could see, front and back. It took us hours and hours, and it was definitely NOT safe like the tourist areas. There were plenty of places where you could take a false step and fall to your death or great harm. Some places we walked around on a small pathway, because it was just to dangerous to risk walking on it in that place. Most of it was passable. So I don’t know if the Xi’an soldiers are real, now. If our company came out with a new accessory, next week there was a Chinese brand exactly like it for sale, at half the price. Their craftsmen can backwards-engineer anything. Then they can work 24 hours a day, put up worker housing, wear the same shirt and pants to work each day and sleep in worker housing eating a dollar’s worth of noodle soup and dumplings each day and produce a product that is not quite as good, not as extravagantly packaged/or just fake and sell the shit out of it. This modern world is indeed a fascinating place. Some history remains, and there is a “heritage” industry that shows us how things MIGHT once have looked, or else it is a good guess, whatever works.

  9. I believe one of the photos shows Queen Elizabeth walking with of her Corgi dogs. Did anyone else notice this? (No, I did not know they were rebuilt, especially so extensively. I though a stone or two was put back.)

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